CHARLESTOWN - The 2013 season of the Valley Forge Christian College Menís Basketball Summer League, sponsored by Embassy Suites Philadelphia-Valley Forge and Miller Flooring Company, is under way, and it is off to a competitive start.
This is the 12th season in league history. Games are played every Tuesday, Wednesday and thursday nights from now through July 31 with the first game tipping off at 7 p.m. each night in the VFCC ďPitĒ gymnasium.
June 11: In the first game, Mishock Physical Therapy edged Dave Hoffmanís Auto Repair, Inc., 58-55. Mishock jumped out to an early lead and held it through halftime. With just over five minutes to play, Dave hoffmanís tied the game. After a seeway next few minutes, Dave Hoffmanís Jon Crabtree tied the game again with a long 3-pointer at the 30-second mark. Mishock got the last shot, and with five seconds left, Kevin Mack sealed the game with acontested layup to give his team the win. Mike Stum (16), Mack (14) and Latrell Alford (13) topped Mishock in scoring. Crabtree was high man for Dave Hoffmanís with a game-high 20 points, followed by John Boyd, who finished with 17.
Metro Med Inc. beat Bistro on Bridge, 53-49. Metro Med led throughout but was never out of reach of last yearís league runnner-up. Bistro climbed to within five points with a little more than two minutes to play, but Metro Medís speed proved to be too much to handle. Every Metro Med player found the scoring column, led by Ray Ferrell Jr., who finished with 10. Andrew Powers (11) and Sean Butkus (10) led Bistro.
Chris Meszaros of Countryside Realty defeated Integrated Promotions, 68-46.
Chris Meszaros jumped out to an early lead and its shooters were too much to handle against Integrated Promo, which did slice the lead to eight just past the midpoint of the second half. Five players finished in double figures for Countryside, led by captain Andrew Meszaros, who had 12.
June 12: Bella Napoli Pizzeria stopped Crown Trophy, 78-57.
After a tight first 10 minutes of play, Bella Napoli opned a big lead, thanks in aprt to a 17-2 run to close the first half. In the second half, Crown Trophy hung in against Bella, last yearís league champion, for a while before the Pizzeria team cruised to the victory. Tai Crutchfield scored a game-high 24 points for BNP, followed by Tyler McGrath (14), Jon Hogga (14) and Neil Halberstadt (13). Brian Sarcinello led Crown Trophy with 16.
Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust defeated Integrated Promotions, 70-56.
All five starters for the Bankers finished in double digits, led by captain Mike Handley, who closed the night with 21 points; followed by Brian Miller (14). Zach Wise led Integrated Promotions with 26 points.
June 13: Bistro on Bridge downed Crown Trophy, 75-52.
Bistro opened the game with a 22-6 midway through the first half. Crown Trophy trimmed the deficit to seven points by ghalftime. Bistro, playing with just five players, had every player score in double digits. VFCC alumnus Justyn Mitchell scored 22 points, including shooting 5-for-6 at the foul line. Will Furey had 18. Crown Trophy got 13 from Patrick Mc Gee and 12 from James Fisher.
Bella Napoli Pizzeria bested Mishock Physical Therapy, 60-55.
Bella Napoli went on a 29-14 spree by halftime, thanks to an 18-4 run in the last five minutes of the half. The game was tied at 29. Bella Napoli had too much size and strength in holding off Mishock. Tyler McGrath led BNP with 14 points while Chris Talley and Matt Kurtz each finished with 11. Kevin Mack scored a game-high 21 points in the loss. VFCC grad Latrell Alford had 12 as both sides played tough defense.
Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust nipped Dave Hoffmanís Auto Repair, 65-64.
Dave Hoffmanís took the lead on a Jon Crabtree layup with under 20 seconds left to play. The Bankers regained the lead with 12 seconds left as Matt Forest nailed a mid-range jump shot.
Ryan McKee (19) and Forest (13) led the Bankers. Dave Hoffmanís Dan Delcont led all scorers with 22, followed by Ryan McCarthy (16) and Crabtree (14).